News and Media, Federal
April 24th, 2017 | BloodWatch strongly condemns federal approval of a private for-profit paid-plasma collection business in Moncton, New Brunswick. Canadian Blood Services issued a stark warning in December of 2016 stating that private paid-plasma operations are harming the voluntary blood system in Saskatchewan, putting our national voluntary blood system at risk. Read the full statement.
March 13th, 2017 | Private companies that pay individuals for providing blood or plasma will be banned from operating in Alberta, under proposed new legislation from the NDP government. Bill 3, the Voluntary Blood Donations Act, was introduced Monday afternoon in the legislature by Health Minister Sarah Hoffman. Read the full Edmonton Sun article.
March 13th, 2017 | The changes are included in the Voluntary Blood Donations Act, introduced Monday in the legislature by Health Minister Sarah Hoffman. “Donating blood should not be viewed as a business venture, but as a public resource that saves lives every day,” said Hoffman. She said Bill 3 will protect Alberta’s voluntary blood donation system by preventing […]
February 1st, 2017 | Health Minister Jane Philpott Shows Signs Of “Reconsidering” Blood Policy Decision. Health Minister Jane Philpott, who has in the past expressed cautious support for paid plasma, said in a statement Tuesday that she has asked Health Canada to “carefully assess” Dr. Sher’s concerns about the Saskatoon clinic’s effect on the voluntary blood-collection system. “CBS has, […]
Maclean’s Authors: Anne Kingston – What a blood plasma-for-profit clinic means for public heath care
January 17th, 2017 | January 14, 2017 – The federal government has quietly approved a plasma-for-profit clinic in Saskatoon, drawing fiery criticism from politicians, scientists and patients Three days before Christmas 2016, jingly seasonal music fills the air at Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR) in Saskatoon, located in a non-descript building in a quiet industrial stretch. In one direction, a […]
December 30th, 2016 | CEO of CBS speaks out against private-paid plasma clinics. Confirms that they harm the voluntary donor base in Saskatchewan where the private clinic set-up. PLEASE READ CBC’s national news story here.
September 13th, 2016 | Stop the export of Canadian blood for profit. Every policy has a story. This is our Canadian story. Watch our video.
September 13th, 2016 | March 7, 2016 – Federal Health Minister Admits She has No Idea Where Plasma Will Go. In response to growing opposition, Minister Philpott maintains support for private plasma collection despite not knowing “what the company’s plans are.” Listen to the Evan Solomon Radio Interview.
September 13th, 2016 | Citing the horrors of the tainted-blood scandal of the 1980s, a group of activists and NDP MPs made a public plea on Monday to Health Minister Jane Philpott, asking for an immediate moratorium on paid blood donations in Canada. The group, led by NDP MP Don Davies, said the recent approval of a licence for a private, paid-donation clinic in […]
September 13th, 2016 | Andrew Cumming is a hemophiliac who learned about two decades ago that he had been infected with HIV and Hepatitis C through tainted blood. “It was probably the most loathed and stigmatized disease that anyone had contemplated,” he said of life after his diagnosis. He said he was “gobsmacked” when he learned about Canadian Plasma […]
National Post: Would-be medical exec from Iran barred from Canada over alleged ties to Tehran’s nuclear program
September 13th, 2016 | TORONTO — An Iranian who invested more than $1-million in a Toronto-based medical company and was set to become its vice-president has been barred from Canada over his alleged links to Tehran’s nuclear program. The Canada Border Services Agency refused to issue a work permit to Ramin Fallah, 49, labeling him a security threat because […]
September 13th, 2016 | Critics, including the federal NDP, say paid blood donations are a step toward privatizing health care and could lead to another tainted blood scandal. In the 1980s, about 2,000 Canadians were infected with HIV and many thousands more were infected with hepatitis C from tainted blood products. The inquiry into the scandal pointed to paid blood donations as […]
August 16th, 2016 | Kat Lanteigne’s opinion piece in the Ottawa Citizen: The debate over whether to pay people for their plasma is not a scientific one. It is about whether or not the people of B.C. want to allow private blood brokers to take over the role of Canadian Blood Services (CBS). Paid is private, meaning that the […]
August 15th, 2016 | While blood looks red, its largest component is a clear, liquid gold known as plasma — what’s left after red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and other components are removed. And it’s worth a lot of money. Here are 10 things to know about the pay-for-plasma landscape in Canada (…) This is a business […]
August 12th, 2016 | Health Canada says private clinics may pay donors for plasma, but critics wonder what is behind the push for a major change in policy. (…) Was this the promised public consultation about whether Canadians are okay with the idea that a human blood fluid can be bought and sold? “It wasn’t public, it was a closed […]
August 11th, 2016 | Gobsmacked. That’s the only rational response to news that a) a private company plans to set up shop in Toronto to buy blood plasma and; b) it is perfectly legal for them to do so. Have we already forgotten the tainted-blood tragedy – a debacle that left more than 20,000 Canadians infected with HIV and […]